Virgil’s Root Beer
Sweetener: Unbleached Cane Sugar, Caramelized Unrefined Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Los Angeles, California
Purchase Location: Total Wine & More
Virgil’s Root Beer is a soda I have been looking forward to from the moment I decided to conduct root beer reviews. It is a prominent root beer with many stalwart fans, and outstanding beverage awards. What’s more, I knew that Virgil’s is made with natural anise and licorice.
The Virgil’s Root Beer bottle is the perfect receptacle for the perfect root beer. It mentions outstanding beverage awards won, explains that that Virgil’s is micro-brewed with 100% natural ingredients including anise, licorice, vanilla (bourbon) cinnamon, clove, wintergreen, sweet birch, molasses, nutmeg, pimento berry oil, balsam oil, and oil of cassia, and displays the perfect root beer label graphic, a bearded lumberjack root beer god stepping out from the clouds to deliver root beer to two eager children. You really have to appreciate both the presentation of Virgil’s and its dedication to a recipe using only natural ingredients “imported from all corners of the world.”
Although it does contain anise and licorice, Virgil’s does not have an overwhelming licorice flavor. In fact, I did not find any flavor to be overwhelming. On the whole, it is has a very earthy, herb flavor due to its many herbs and spices, without a predominant flavor. The ingredients play well together and provide a unique, creamy drinking experience. I liked Virgil’s a good deal, but not enough to place it in the pantheon of best root soda ever. That being said, I can understand why Virgil’s is placed in high regard. The fact that Virgil’s is made by Reed’s, Inc. and is widely available makes this root beer a must try.